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Stargirl (Stargirl #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  229,734 Ratings  ·  10,933 Reviews
Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything
Published (first published June 30th 2000)
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Madelyn MCclung I do not have manny (but I wish I did). I am independent and I am nice. But people's opinions effect how I think about myself, and I wish that they…moreI do not have manny (but I wish I did). I am independent and I am nice. But people's opinions effect how I think about myself, and I wish that they didn't. Also I do not have a pet rat. (less)
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Jan 24, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who believes life should be magical
Shelves: owned
Okay, I'm going to say it. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is a young adult classic (maybe even a children's classic but that's really a cataloguing issue that I am ill-equipped to discuss). This designation raises the question: What makes a book (any book) a classic? For me it means a book that is timeless; something you can read years and years after it was written without the book losing its vibrancy. A classic also needs to have memorable writing and characters. It needs to speak to the reader. I ...more
Jul 20, 2016 Zoë rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in middle school as required reading and absolutely LOVED it, but coming back to it years later, I couldn't help but notice some of its flaws. I got very attached to the story despite it being less than 200 pages and I do love the moral that Spinelli is trying to get across, but I was not a big fan of the characters. Although, with a book this short, exaggerated characters are pretty much a necessity. I recommend this book to everyone, though, especially middle schoolers who feel the ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sweet. I had this book lying around and picked it up to give myself a break from the Holocaust Monster I've been chipping away at for the past month, and it definitely did the trick. The kids seem a little innocent - more like elementary school than high school - but dammit why CAN'T there be beautiful and magical teenagers who hold hands at the movies and give their friends cupcakes and valentines? Why do they have to do drugs and have sex and be JERKS all the time?
Aj the Ravenous Reader

"Nothing’s more fun than being carried away."

Stargirl is the happiest, bravest, most carefree, most non-conformist girl you will ever meet. She is everything every school girl wishes she could be but will never dare to be. She does the last thing someone who wants to fit in will ever do.

• She smiles at everyone.

• She dances in the rain.

• She wears the strangest outfit and wears no makeup.

(Not anything like that. I’m exaggerating. Lol.)

• She sings every celebrant a happy birthday with her u
Mar 08, 2008 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Jared by: Kim
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Stargirl is an amazing book about individuality and nonconformism. A home-schooled girl named Stargirl begins attending the public high school for her sophomore year. Stargirl is different.

She learns everybody's birthdays and on the day of, she sings them a happy birthday song -- accompanying herself on the ukulele -- in the middle of the lunch room, whether they want her to or not. She watches a young boy who lives across the street so that she can create a scrapbook for him without his knowled
Cait (Paper Fury)
I fully expected to like this!! But...I...didn't? #mybad One of my favourite books of EVER growing up was Maniac Magee. Like it totally spoke to my childhood soul and I LOVED IT. But this? Eh. After reading everyone else's raving reviews, I feel like I missed something vital.

L I K E S:
• The fact that the message was very much why do we all need to be the same. It talks about hive-mind. Which is a very dangerous thing, to be honest. Ugh, where people get together and start agreeing BAD THINGS AL
Mar 17, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some weird reason I couldn't put this book down! You should read it. It grabbed my attention and I am a very picky reader! :)
Sep 27, 2008 BATMAN rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poeple who want a reason to cut them selves
Recommended to BATMAN by: a person who didnt deserve a neck so they could make me read thi
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Mar 29, 2009 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ya-younger
it was refreshing to read about stargirl's genuine kindness and individuality. i liked it.

we want to dance to the music in our own heads, but we don't because of the looks, whispers and stares we'd get.

stargirl is the person we all want to be, while leo reminds us of the person most of us are.

i hope one day to be as brave as stargirl
Clare Cannon
Apr 29, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 11 years - YA (girls)

This is one of those rare reads where you can allow your heart to open up wide and let the story sink deep. A series for every teenage girl: just reading it makes you a better person, teaching you to laugh, to listen, to enjoy, to love, to care...

In spite of the attractive eccentricity of the main character, Stargirl is more real than any other book for teens. It is set in the erratic climate of teen emotions, realistically depicted through ordinary events and conversations.

These are presented
Stephanie Brown
Mar 20, 2008 Stephanie Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It started with a necktie. It ended with a necktie. But not just any kind of necktie and not just any kind of girl would give someone a gift with pictures of porcupines.

I really loved this book. REALLY! I did. I HEART Stargirl. Seriously. I’d been meaning to read it for years and like the last book I devoured, after reading the first 2 pages, I couldn’t put it down; so the other books I’d started before this one got pushed aside so I could get lost in her world. This book had me completely mesm
Jan 26, 2009 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: looking for a quick/light read
Recommended to Annalisa by: Rosa
Truthfully I did not expect to like this book. I expected a heavily handed tale about acceptance. But here's the thing: I did not like Star Girl.

The story is about a free-spirited girl whose named herself Star Girl who shows up for her first year of public education as a sophomore and the typical apathetic student body doesn't quite know how to respond to her. Normally when I read stories about the quirky outcast, I want to shield them from cruelty of the popular crowd, but I found myself sympa
Mar 30, 2013 H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel conflicted about this book. I liked the message it had about nonconformity and kindness and being yourself and selflessness, but I didn't like Stargirl. I don't know if it's allowed to say I didn't like her, but I didn't. I respect her and admire her, but there's such a thing as being too thoughtful and kind--as in, disregarding someone's feelings--which really makes it thoughtless and not nice at all. Like, the idea of singing to people on their birthdays during lunch. It's a nice idea, ...more
"We joined her as she sang 'Happy Birthday' to us in the lunchroom. We heard her greet us in the hallways and classrooms, and we wondered how she knew our names and our birthdays.
Her caught-in-the-headlights eyes gave her a look of perpetual astonishment, so that we found ourselves turning and looking back over our shoulders, wondering what we were missing.
She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music.
She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school.
Jun 11, 2008 Talia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stargirl Caraway is the new girl at Mica Area High School, and in her mysterious first days of school, she reveals herself to be a true unique individual. She plays a ukalele! She carries around a pet rat! She gives little gifts and cards to people she doesn't know! Soon, all of the high school cannot resist her charm, and she has the entire community under her spell. But after a while, Stargirl's actions become tiresome, irritating, and the question rises among her peers: why can't she just be ...more
Apr 05, 2008 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
This was my first Jerry Spinelli read and for the most part I enjoyed it. I'd give it 3.5 stars if that was possible. :)

I can see why kids like his writing style, which is simple and straightforward, yet interesting. The issues he tackles in this book -- identity, conformity/nonconformity, and peer pressure -- are all relevant for middle school-aged readers, which is who this book is best suited for. Also, I think he does a good job of sending the "right" message without being preachy.

At the sa
Dec 02, 2012 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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So I originally DNF'd this book at 75% and gave it a 2 star rating. I decided to just go ahead and complete it because all of the things I didn't like made me curious to see how they would be resolved.

I absolutely detested every single character in this book that wasn't Stargirl herself. They were disgusting, judgmental, and overall shitty people.

I didn't really like the plot either. You're supposed to see how shitty these people treat Stargirl and realize that you can't bully others for being
Jennifer Wardrip
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Stargirl Caraway is an enigma. She's the type of girl that you either love or hate--with no room for any emotions in between. When she first comes to the high-school as a sophomore in small town Mica, Arizona, her name reverberates throughout the hallways. What kind of a name is Stargirl? Was she really home-schooled for all these years, or did she just magically appear in Mica? How can she seem so calm, so serene, why eating quietly alone in the lunchroom, the
Stargirl. This should be the standard for all young adult books. It’s realistic, inspiring and I bet that it’s a story everyone could relate to. Plus, there’s no sex scenes, and just one decent kiss.

The book, is narrated by Leo Borlock’s perspective. He gives us an idea on how different Stargirl could be in a normal person’s point of view. Stargirl, being homeschooled, decides to come out of her shell. She enrolls at Mica High, and fortunately fails to blend in. For odd reasons, such as singing
This was a fun read and I found many parts of myself in it. I was once different (but never to the extreme that Stargirl was ;) ), but have conformed from years of ridicule and being the blunt of jokes. It has only been very recently that I've been trying to gain some of that older self back and I am grateful for this book at this time. I can and will be true to myself and not let others influence what I find important and interesting!

Some fun side notes~ I'm from Tucson and could understand ru
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Wow. Wow wow wow. This was my first time ever reading this and I loved it SO MUCH. Such a great story. I'll definitely be rereading this in the future.
Beth A.
May 01, 2010 Beth A. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth A. by: Mom, 2nd Ward Book Club April 2010
Shelves: young-adult
I guess my problem with this story was that I really didn’t buy Stargirl. She’s so self-confident/oblivious that she doesn’t seem to notice or care that the whole school is giving her the silent treatment. She’s extremely kind and compassionate. She meditates, wears floor length dresses and carries a rat around in a sunflower bag. She’s the perfect model of a nonconforming individual.

I wanted her to have some flaws. To be secretly worried about being accepted before Leo explained that it’s impo
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
This was like reading a John Green book, before John Green books existed. There was just something special about it, that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but I really enjoyed the message behind it!
Nov 06, 2015 NadiaN99 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب یه بخشی از قلبتونو تسخیر میکنه.جدی میگم.استار گرل فقط یک دختر نیست.انسانیته.محبته و تمام احساسات گرمی که هر روز تجربه میکنیم و و به خاطر همین روزمرگیشون فراموششون میکنیم.
اگر این کتابو خیلی سطحی فقط بخونید یه داستان بامزست از یه دختر و یه پسر که تفاوت های زیادی دارن ولی .باز هم خیلی شبیه همن.اما اگر یه کوچولو عمیق تر بشیم استارگرل خیلی بیشتر از یه دختر و لئو خیلی بیشتر از یه پسر دبیرستانیه.لئو به همه اهمیت میده.اما واقعا فقط به افکار بقیه و اینکه در بارش چه احساسی دارن فکر میکنه.استارگرل
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” - Henry David Thoreau

This was a quote that rang in my head all throughout my reading of this book. It’s the story of Stargirl Caraway, a girl who dared to be different in high school, a time when teenagers often choose to conform to convention in a desire to fit in. Her story is narrated some fifteen years later by Leo Borl

I could feel my heart practically breaking inside me as I was reading this book. It is one of those YA books that are relevant and replete with life lessons for all to learn, whether you can relate to the characters or not.

Stargirl is told in the first-person point of view of Leo Borlock, a junior at Mica High School in Arizona, who crosses paths with a beautiful, kind, and weird girl who has re-christened herself as, well, Stargirl. Stargirl Caraway draws attention to herself from day one
Oct 15, 2007 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
This book is about a weird girl called Stargirl. She is weird because she does a lot of things that people don't normally do. Even her name is weird.

Let me tell you about a few of the weird things she does. Firstly she takes photos of people without them knowing. She stalks them and secretly takes their photos. Then she makes a photo album and gives it to them when they get older.

The other weird thing she does is to wear clothes that do not fit her. She usually wears long skirts. Also, she alw
Lexy S.C.
I read this a long while ago, quite a few times back then, actually. I enjoyed it then. But now, after rereading it, I don't. The writing is good, but too philosophical for me. Actually, everything is too philosophical for me, now. The writing (although good), the plot, the characters (especially!), even the cover (even though I admit it is pretty cool, the whole "title without words" thing).
I see that a lot of others loved it, and I can see why. But, really, its just not my cup of tea.

Feb 06, 2016 faith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book was just kind of ridiculous in my opinion. I skimmed the entire thing because it felt like a middle grade, even though all of the characters were juniors in high school. The main character seemed like a 12-year-old, though, and I just didn't like it.
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When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player. Lucky for us he became a writer instead.

He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.
Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his
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